AOPA Insurance Services Appoints New President

July 22, 2013
AOPA announced Friday that aviation insurance veteran Bill Snead has joined AOPA as president of AOPA Insurance Services

Frederick, MD – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) announced Friday that aviation insurance veteran Bill Snead has joined AOPA as president of AOPA Insurance Services, the nation’s largest insurer of light aircraft.

Bill Snead is a pilot who has 36 years of aviation insurance experience as a broker, agent and underwriter. Snead has worked with clients in all major aviation insurance lines, including pleasure, business and commercial aviation, experimental, light sport, antique and warbird aircraft.

Snead began his aviation career with Avemco Insurance in 1977 as a sales underwriter and over the next 22 years rose to become one of Avemco’s Aviation Insurance regional managers.

Most recently, Snead served as vice president of aviation insurance with Falcon Insurance. During his 14-year career at the company, he launched and managed Falcon’s Great Lakes Branch, among his accomplishments.

Snead holds a commercial pilot certificate and served in the U.S. Air Force as a crew chief. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Snead takes up his post as AOPA Insurance Services celebrates its 20th anniversary.

AOPA Insurance Services provides aviation, term life, accidental death and dismemberment insurance policies and emergency assistance-plus programs.

With its headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, AOPA Insurance Services offers a wide variety of innovative programs for pilots, including special insurance coverage for flying clubs and an accident forgiveness program. AOPA Insurance Services recently launched a new commercial program offering coverage to members who have aviation-related businesses, such as fixed-base and maintenance operations.

AOPA Insurance Services provides financial support to AOPA in fighting to keep airports open, defeat user fees and encourage the growth of the general aviation community. In addition to providing financial support for AOPA’s mission, AOPA Insurance Services has donated $1.8 million to the AOPA Foundation since 2009 to help safeguard the future of general aviation.

About AOPA
Since 1939, AOPA has protected the freedom to fly for thousands of pilots, aircraft owners and aviation enthusiasts. With a membership base of nearly 400,000, AOPA is the largest aviation association in the world. With representatives based in Frederick, M.D., Washington, D.C., and seven regions across the United States, AOPA provides member services that range from advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels to legal services, flight planning products, safety programs and award-winning media products. To learn more, visit and